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Understanding Marion Maréchal

Since the 1980s, the French left and right have formed a front républicain or cordon sanitaire to keep the Front national (FN) out of power. When Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter Marine took over the party in 2011, she understood that the only road to electoral success . . . . Continue Reading »

Raw Stuff

The End of Eddyby édouard louistranslated by michael luceyfarrar, straus and giroux, 208 pages, $23 Liberal regimes defend their power in the name of freedom and progress. The end of the family wage is the classic example: A great feminist triumph, it “freed” women to swell the labor force, . . . . Continue Reading »

Shunning the Disabled

More than 90 percent of French children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Now the French government has decided the mere sight of children with Down syndrome on television is an unhappy intrusion on the national conscience. Continue Reading »

The Tragedy of the Republic

We French have for some years been overcome by a furor for republicanism and for citizenship. There is no activity so humble that it cannot take on an intimidating nobility as soon as it is associated with citizenship. The republic calls us, besieges us, smothers us—but where is the republic? Are . . . . Continue Reading »

Anti-Christianity in France

French aversion to Christianity shows up in the half-repentant Marxist left, but can also be found on the extreme right, with its mystique that despises love and mercy, and among centrists whose moderation assimilates faith to fanaticism. Continue Reading »

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